Exercise Caution When Using Electronic Cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes have no doubt hit in a big way since their introduction into the world markets. Individuals can shop online and easily select their favorite e-cigarettes and await their delivery. As sales exceed the 5billion dollar mark, it is easy to see the upward trend when it comes to the manufacturing of the e-cigarettes. However, one of the features that make electronic cigarettes enticing is giving U.S. poison centers a cause for concern.
Exposure to liquid nicotine
Electronic cigarettes come with a feature that enables users to refill when the liquid nicotine depletes. Users can in fact access liquid nicotine by the gallon. It is the small doses that are surprisingly the cause of problems as they come in contact with human flesh. According to reports from poison control centers, increase in pediatric exposures to liquid nicotine reached tenfold in a year starting from January 2013. This skin exposure resulted in absorption of liquid nicotine which in turn led to symptoms such as seizures and vomiting in those who had been exposed to it.
Other toxologists such as Lee Cantrell of the California Poison Control System attribute exposure to liquid nicotine to mistaken identity. This was the case whereby an individual thought the liquid nicotine was his eye drops and in another case where the individual swallowed it thinking it was a pill. Some adults who take it upon themselves to pour the liquid nicotine have stated that they experienced nausea and vomiting as well as increased heart rate after they spilled the liquid nicotine on their skin.
Accidental exposure to liquid nicotine can be avoided if users exercise some amount of caution as directed by the Poison Control Centers this week. Adults are urged to wear protective clothing to contain spillage. Hands should be adequately covered and the solution should be poured in such a way that it will not come into contact with any skin parts. Adults are cautioned to keep the cartridges away from their children as over half the exposure cases involve children below six years. This is because young children have the tendency of putting their hands in their mouths and the cartridges even while empty tend to contain traces of the liquid nicotine. Therefore, it is only prudent for adults to store their solution far from their children.
When it comes to electronic cigarettes, the danger of liquid nicotine lies in skin exposure even for those who do not vape it. The symptoms of contamination run from vomiting to seizures to nausea. As with most things, children are the most vulnerable in case of exposure to liquid nicotine. It is thought that a young child exposed to one teaspoon of the concentrate can end up dead. In case of exposure in children or adults, quick action is needed to take the person to a hospital in order to seek professional help. Whether you are a user or you are in the vicinity of electronic cigarette users, it is vital that you exercise caution to keep the liquid nicotine far away from your skin.